Keeping Your Scion FR-S in Good Condition
The Scion FR-S offers an affordable option for sports car enthusiasts. Although not as refined and luxurious as other sports car in the market, the FRS promises an enjoyable and solid drive. It comes in a 200 horsepower 2.0 liter flat four engine, available in either six-speed automatic or six-speed manual transmission. It has a rear-wheel drive chassis, lightweight engineering and a low center of gravity resulting in agile and responsive handling. Driving tests results show acceleration capability to be at 0-60 mph at 7.1 seconds. It is not fast as, let's say, a Dodge Viper. Still, the FR-S is considered a good deal given its affordability and its promise of high-spirited driving. If you own a FR-S, or planning to buy one, here are some maintenance tips to keep in mind.
- Ensure that the tires always have good traction
The better the traction and the grip is, the better the performance. A suspension system in top shape will ensure your driving safety and contribute to your car's handling, braking and acceleration. It is very paramount to your car's safety. The suspension system is made up of the linkages and shock absorbers under your car. These are vital in keeping your car gripping the road. Always inspect the shock absorbers and links for any signs of wear. Be alert for any kind of noise or vibration, as these can also be signs of corrosion in the suspension system.
- Keep car fluid levels sufficient
To keep your car running smoothly, there are five fluids you need to regularly check. These are the engine oil, the transmission fluid, power steering fluid, brake fluid and coolant fluid. When the time comes, you would also need to flush them out and replace them completely, especially if the fluid has become cloudy due to accumulated grime and debris. Check the engine oil every time you fill up with gas, and have a regular oil change at least every 10,000 miles. Check the transmission fluid and power steering fluid once a month. It is also recommended that you change the coolant fluid every 2 to 3 years.
Let's face it—a car battery is full of strong chemicals and toxins that are harmful to the environment. If you maintain the battery well, then you will lessen the constant need to change it. Remove the battery clamps and clean it well, making sure that it is free from grease, dirt and oxidation. Add distilled water to prolong the battery's life. Make sure that it is also well-placed and secure amongst the other engine parts. A loose battery banging around will create havoc. Keep the battery tray clean and make sure the battery is sitting in it correctly. Store your car in a non-heated, well-insulated and dry garage. This is to protect the battery, as well as the whole car, from the elements. Too much heat or moisture can encourage rust formation. Invest in an insulation kit to protect the battery from extreme temperatures to prolong its lifespan.